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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Trade Promotion Authority, GSP and AGOA are all included in new legislationUS fashion industry applauds trade bills package 17 April 2015

A package of bills introduced in the House and Senate yesterday (16 April) has sparked hope that a long-delayed trade agenda could finally move forward this year.

Benetton Group is to double the amount of compensation paid into the Rana Plaza Trust FundBenetton doubles Rana Plaza payment to US$1.6m 17 April 2015

Italian fashion retailer Benetton Group is to double the amount of compensation paid into the Rana Plaza Trust Fund to US$1.6m following an independent assessment by PwC.

More than 200 improvement projects were carried out last year by 33 Chinese textile millsSUSTAINABILITY: Cutting pollution saves China textile mills money 16 April 2015

Annual savings of $14.7m in operating costs are being claimed for an initiative helping to cut water, energy and chemical use at textile mills in China supplying brands including Target, H&M, Gap and Levi Strauss.

Global concerns weigh on WTO trade forecasts 16 April 2015

?World merchandise trade is set to see a “modest” recovery in 2015 and 2016 following three years of weak growth, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has said, but geopolitical crises and concerns about economic growth are weighing on its forecasts.

600 tonnes of New Zealand fine and medium micron wool will be shipped to the US SmartWool inks $8m NZ Merino wool deal 16 April 2015

US based manufacturer SmartWool – a unit of VF Corporation – has signed a new $8m fibre supply contract to use wool from the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) in its socks and clothing.

NRF to expand retail research and analysis 16 April 2015

The National Retail Federation is embarking on a multimillion-dollar investment to form a new department within the US trade association focusing on industry research.

US knitter SAS Textiles launches performance sports line 14 April 2015

?California-based circular knitter SAS Textiles has developed a new line of synthetic performance fabrics developed for today’s athletic, outdoor, and lifestyle customers.

Flammability tests for clothing fabrics could be changed 10 April 2015

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering new flammability requirements for clothing fabrics, including changes in the way textiles are prepared for testing.

Pressure to maintain social stability and avoid labour unrest is a priority in VietnamVIEWPOINT: Pou Yuen strike underscores Vietnam challenges 9 April 2015

Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry’s main manufacturing hubs.

"It’s hard to envision a TPP trade pact without China"PSF 2015: Will China be a part of the TPP? 8 April 2015

The multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact has the potential to reshape the global apparel sourcing landscape, but after five years of talks it continues to face an uphill battle – and the role of China remains unclear.

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